Transform: A Student Again

Milagros lives in Koronadal with her husband, children and parents. In her family, money was hard to come by. Her husband, Enrico, worked as a farmer and brought home PHP250 (US$4.60) per week, which was barely enough to cover the expenses for their family of seven. Sometimes, she accepted laundry jobs from her neighbors and...
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Radiance of Hope

Every team needs its own sense of purpose. As for Radiance Savings Group from Lemery, Iloilo, its purpose is to provide a business that is beneficial and can minister to its members, to the people in the community, and to the ultrapoor all over the town of Lemery. Radiance Savings Group was established in 2014...
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All Stella Wants for Christmas

Black boots are not on every twelve-year-old girl’s wish list, but then again not every twelve-year-old girl wants to be a policewoman! Stella lives in a mountainous region of the Philippines. Her parents noticed that Stella had trouble walking as a baby and was always falling over. Her neighbors told her parents that their little...
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All Rhyne wants for Christmas…

Since Rhyne is only two, it’s hard to know what she really wants for Christmas, but sparkly shoes are a good guess for this natural entertainer. Shoes weren’t always a good gift for her, though.  Her feet used to be so twisted that she couldn’t wear shoes at all. When she was a baby, her...
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All Eric wants for Christmas…

Eight-year-old Eric loves basketball, but his whole life clubfoot has forced him to watch from the sidelines. Although he always attempted to play with his three younger siblings, he was forced to bow out quickly as games got too tiring. Even walking to school was difficult for him, but that didn’t stop him from going and...
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Thankful for New Opportunities

It’s that time of year again: Thanksgiving! What are you thankful for? An exciting new job opportunity? Good friends? Precious time with family? For most of us, a visit to the hospital would not top our lists of things to share around the table. For Kyle and his family, though, Kyle’s visit to the hospital...
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Leaving Limitations Behind

Living with a disability can bring unique struggles. Hobbies, social life, and job prospects can all be affected. But in a barangay in Cadiz City, a Transform group has been formed mostly by persons with disabilities (PWDs) from eight different barangays. This determined group of participants took health, values and livelihood lessons, hoping to improve...
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World Record for Food Packing!

On World Food Day (October 16th), volunteers from Globe Telecom, Conrad Manila, and Rise Against Hunger PH joined forces to hold a special meal-packing relay in Manila, with ICM as their chosen beneficiary. This was also an attempt by RAH to break the Guinness World Record for most meals packed by volunteers within 5 minutes....
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Receiving Hope to Bring Hope

“Of all the people in the world, why does it have to be me?” Linalyn asked her mother, Natalie. Their family had no history of clubfoot so she couldn’t understand why she was born that way. Natalie worked as a sugarcane farmer. Her work was seasonal and her salary wasn’t enough to provide for her...
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Transform: Starting With the Heart

ICM’s Transform program focuses on three key areas: Values, Health and Livelihood. While the Health and Livelihood components target the physical needs of participants, the Values component addresses the battles in their minds. Through the different lessons, ICM aims to help people overcome feelings of inferiority and passivity that hold them back from breaking out...
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